Season of thanks should extend year-round
What are you thankful for?
You probably said to yourself, “family, friends, your job, health and so on.” To be honest, we all have many things to be thankful for. With that being said, why do we wait all year to appreciate those things only around Thanksgiving? Shouldn’t we be thankful for them all year long?
As a child, it’s easy to picture what you want to be when you grow up — a farmer, a firefighter, a nurse, a veterinarian or a superhero. That is where it all begins. The constant battle between where you are and where you want to be.
Let’s follow the life of a farmer to put it into perspective. As a child, the goal starts out simple, become a farmer when you grow up. There are two ways to become a farmer, you either come from a farming family or you have to start fresh, which, let’s be honest, is nearly impossible today.
Luckily, farmer Joe comes from a farming family, so he will eventually take over the farm. Great! That childhood dream is met! But we all know it does not stop there. Next, he needs more ground. After waiting and waiting, he purchases more ground. Awesome! But, it never stops there.
Now, he needs new machinery to accommodate this additional ground. Even if he buys new, it will still have breakdowns and require maintenance, so that also takes time.
Now that he has all this land and equipment, he could use some semis to haul his grain. Of course, Facebook Marketplace has one for a good price in Texas, so he heads down there and brings it back. Everything seems perfect.
While this farmer’s story sounds great, what did we forget to mention? The day of the land auction was little Billy’s soccer game, so he had to miss that.
When there was that really great deal on that Peterbilt in Texas, he had to miss his wife’s birthday to go pick up the truck.
We all have lives similar to a farmer. Just like farmers, we make sacrifices in our lives to reach the next goal and to feel accomplished or good about ourselves. But when is it ever enough?
Never. We all want for more. That never ends. It’s great to always be striving for a new goal or accomplishment, but sometimes we lose sight of what we have and forget to appreciate how much we have accomplished.
While shopping with my family in Indiana, I ran across a sign that read, “Sometimes you have to let go of the picture of what you thought life would be like and learn to find joy in the story you’re living.” Oftentimes we get a little too wrapped up in the “what’s next” and ignore what is right in front of us.
While we are all still thankful for family, friends, work, health and so much more, be sure to also be thankful for farmers and their families who feed us and provide products essential to life; the veterans who fought to make us free; the men and women who serve to keep us free; the nurses and doctors who keep us healthy, and everyone else who has helped in the background get us to where we are today.
I challenge you to be thankful not just on Thanksgiving, but every day for the wonderful life we all get to live.
Macy Wellhausen serves as manager of Greene County and Jersey County Farm Bureaus.